Has anybody made an Elvis Costello reference today? It's all mine, baby! Anyway, over at Contentions, John Podhoretz writes about the all-consuming issue of the day and why they can't stop talking about it on the cable news shows:
Because the story is golden - because it's Palin, and women, and the question of politesse vs. hardball, and the classic reversal of candidate of the supposed "party of women" getting himself in hot water for saying something his rivals in the "daddy party" could argue with even minimal plausibility was "sexist." Because this is what cable news, and talk radio, and the American media in the 21st century, hunger for. Because you can't imagine what a huge star Sarah Palin has become in less than two weeks, and how the mere mention of her name causes ratings to spike - and so if one anchor were to refuse on principle to lead with it, the channel surfers would just jump away to a rival who was more than happy to feed the bottomless hunger for this latest twist in the tale.What was striking about Obama's perceived insult is that he's been characterized as this Kennedyesque figure, one of soaring rhetoric and the "politics of hope." Instead, he sounds peevish and small and (maybe) sexist. On top of that, more Americans are coming to the realization that Obama is all talk and no action...and now his talk is starting to backfire.
If I were an Obama supporter, I would be more disheartened today than I have ever been about this candidacy, because it is demonstrating not only a lack of sure-footedness, but a rather astonishing amateurishness.